The Harry Potter effect
Recently I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and really enjoyed the movie. It is a Harry Potter spin off movie. The screenplay was written by the extremely talented J.K. Rowling. The movie features Eddie Redmayne in the lead as the character Newt Scamander. The story follows Newt in New York City and his quest to recover his magical beasts.
J.K. Rowling is the author of Harry Potter novels. I remember how I marveled at the magical world of Harry Potter when I first read the books as a teenager. Harry Potter novels have sold millions of copies since their release. They have been adapted into eight movies, all of which are rich in special effects and stories on magical characters and the wizardry world. Harry Potter is the story of a young boy who lives with his uncle and aunt as his parents died when he was young. He possesses magical abilities but isn’t aware of his abilities until he is introduced to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he befriends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley and together they embark on various adventures. There is an evil villain named Lord Voldemort who is referred to as the one who cannot be named.
I see a lot of young readers as well as mature readers identifying themselves as House Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. These are the houses in the wizardry school of Hogwarts. There are interesting characters in these novels who grow up right before our eyes. Each character is iconic and unforgettable.
Hogwarts conducts classes that teach young wizards how to make magical potions, how to use a wand and how to fly in a broomstick! Hogwarts also holds competitive sports event called Quidditch. What a delight! Salute to J.K. Rowling and her fascinating world of magic and wizardry which is larger than life.
What is appealing about Harry Potter is that he is relatable. He is an orphan who finally finds home at Hogwarts. He happens to be the boy who survived Voldemort’s vicious attack. Harry is the hope for the magical world and even the muggles, which are the non-magical humans. He is the one prophesized to defeat Lord Voldemort. He stands for all the rights in the world and fights for his principles.
The Harry Potter books are educational that impart morals through interesting anecdotes, adventures and characters. Most importantly, they teach us about life, love, friendship and the struggles of growing up.